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Wendy Richard as Shirley in blue waits for her prince

AYBS?: "Closed Circuit"
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The 2nd (black and white) shot of Wendy from "Closed Circuit" is the photo used for her 1982 entry in The Spotlight.

 

The AYBS? episode "Roots?" is televised only rarely in the USA. I suspect that it has more to do with the plot's awkward ethnic humor, than with this scene where Wendy bared Miss Brahm's lingerie...

Wendy Richard's "Spotlight" photo

AYBS?: "Closed Circuit"
(71k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley goes union up on the roof

AYBS?: "Sit Out"
(48k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley at the opera in strapless black

AYBS?: "The Erotic Dreams of Mrs. Slocombe"
(51k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley cools off

AYBS?: "Roots?"
(47k)

Wendy Richard poses as Shirley Brahms, early 1981

AYBS? Publicity photo
(155k)

This shot of Wendy as Miss Brahms is not from an episode, but appears to be a formal publicity photo.  Judging from her appearance, your webmeister would say this was likely snapped around April of 1981, at the start of the show's eighth season.  Indeed, Wendy's brooch might be the same one she wears on-camera in episode #49 "Is It Catching?"


Wendy Richard appears on the first episode of "Blankety-Blank"

Blankety-Blank
(10k)

From the very first episode of this popular game show.

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Wendy Richard in a montage from "West Country Tales"

West Country Tales: "With Love Belinda"
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Scene from "West Country Tales" with Wendy Richard

West Country Tales
(86k)

   

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Wendy Richard as Shirley in yellow semi-casual

AYBS?: "Monkey Business"
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Here again, one may see how well Ms. Richard wore yellow, which is unusual for very fair complexioned people.

Wendy Richard as Shirley wonders what's up

AYBS?: "Conduct Unbecoming"
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Wendy Richard as Shirley speaks her mind

AYBS?: "Memories Are Made of This"
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Wendy Richard and Arthur English on game show "3-2-1"

3-2-1
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Wendy Richard and Jane Fyffe kick it up in 'Cinderella'

Cinderella
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Likely these photos were done during an early dress rehearsal, since they appear in the program distributed during the run.  The first photo is of Wendy and opera performer Jane Fyffe who played Prince Charming in this production.

Note Wendy's rather mannish hairstyle, after the fashion of a powdered wig; this would be expected, since she was playing the role of Dandini, the male servant of Prince Charming.

Wendy Richard as Dandini, and Sandi Toksvig as the fairy

Cinderella
(35k)

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Wendy Richard as Shirley doesn't like what was said

AYBS?: "Good-bye, Mrs. Slocombe"
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1984 marked the final season for the original AYBS? series (though the episodes weren't actually broadcast until early 1985). Ms. Richard was already working on the first set of episodes for a new continuing serial show to be entitled EastEnders.

Wendy Richard as Shirley makes a stand

AYBS?: "The Hold Up"
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Wendy Richard as Shirley in athletic yellow

AYBS?: "Friends and Neighbors"
(35k)


Wendy Richard as *very* early Pauline

EastEnders
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The first image here shows Ms. Richard with other female cast members in a mock chorus line on the set of EastEnders. The photo was likely taken during the Press open house that was held at the Elstree set on 10 October 1984, since episode shooting wouldn't begin until December, and here it appears Wendy was still sporting the long tresses of her 'Miss Brahms' hairstyle.

The second image is a wider view -- probably the original size -- and more clearly the unfinished quality of the outdoor set, as well as workmen standing off to the right watching the cast members.

Image #3 is a remarkably fine shot of Wendy herself.

The 4th image appeared in an English language textbook used in the Netherlands (thanks, Anneloes!). It is a posed shot of Pauline (Wendy) and Debbie Wilkins (Shirley Cheriton), an EastEnders character who left the show about mid-1987. Note that Shirley is the second from the left in the above chorus-line image.

It's interesting to note that the English text in that textbook reads like an excerpt from an EastEnders' script, involving Debbie, Andy (her boyfriend), and Debbie's mum, Iris. The caption for this photo in the textbook is simply "Two EastEnders".

Wendy Richard and other EE female cast in chorus line, wide view, 1984

EastEnders
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Wendy Richard, early EastEnders publicity shot, late-1984

EastEnders
(90k)  New data

Wendy Richard as Pauline, with an EastEnder friend

EastEnders
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 Wendy Richard as Pauline, with colleagues from "EastEnder"

EastEnders
(86k)

These final three color images are various arrangements among the ladies of the cast.  The middle of them is an especially good one of Wendy and Shirley.  Note in the bottom image the scaffolding in the distance, which was possibly erected especially for the event for the use of the attending press.

Wendy Richard as Pauline, with "EastEnders" colleague Shirley Cheriton

EastEnders
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Wendy Richard as Pauline, with "EastEnders" colleagues

EastEnders
(139k)

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When she started EastEnders this year, Ms. Richard was obliged to cut her gorgeous hair back so that Pauline could initially sport a much more practical collar-length coiffure. Happily, though, by 1986 it will have returned to its former exuberant state.

Wendy Richard as Pauline holding baby

EastEnders
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A stock shot of Arthur (Bill Treacher) and Pauline (Wendy), who is holding baby Martin. This image appeared recently on the BBC news site for the 15-year salute to EastEnders.

Wendy Richard as early Pauline

EastEnders
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This image appeared in the 1986 EastEnders Annual book (though I believe the photo was made in '85). It is an excellent shot and is a fine example of the break that Wendy had made by this time from her earlier character of Shirley Brahms.

Wendy Richard's first card as Pauline

EastEnders
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The first BBC publicity card of Wendy as Pauline Fowler. I think it demonstrates very nicely the mature look for Pauline that Wendy was striving for. (Note: If you look carefully, you'll see this was from the same photo shoot as the publicity picture used for Wendy's 1987 Cinderella appearance.)

Wendy Richard as Pauline Wendy Richard as Pauline

EastEnders
(94k, 25k) 

Though in color, these images are clearly from the same photo session.  Your mebmeister considers the left-most shot Wendy's finest early Pauline portraits.  What a lady!

Wendy Richard as Pauline

EastEnders
(25k)

A very rarely seen piece, this photo is an EastEnders publicity pic probably from early 1985 (judging by Wendy's hairstyle). Most interestingly, this photo is printed as a mailable post card.

Wendy Richard as Pauline

EastEnders
(23k)

A publicity photo for the show that appeared in a 1985 issue of Radio Times.

Wendy Richard as Pauline on the cover of "Weekend" magazine, 1985

EastEnders
(48k)

Pauline Fowler, complete with laundry basket, as cover girl for Weekend, May 1985.

Montage of Wendy Richard caps from EE's first episode, 1985

EastEnders
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These images are all from the first episode, aired on 19 Feb 85.
Wendy Richard as Pauline with Aurthur and Martin on the set of 'EastEnders'

EastEnders
(35k)

 
Wendy Richard as Pauline in the Queen Victoria pub, December, 1985

EastEnders
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Publicity photos on the Queen Vic set.  In character with Wendy is Anita Dobson (Angie Watts), Letitia Dean (Sharon Watts), and in the first (B&W) photo, Leslie Grantham (Den Watts).
Color photo of Wendy Richard as Pauline in the Queen Victoria pub, 1985

EastEnders
(77k)

Bill Treacher, David Scarbrough, and Wendy Richard on the beach at Southend, Essex

EastEnders
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A pair of photos from EastEnders' first location shoot.  The Fowler family is in Southend-on-Sea, a resort town on the Thames estuary east of London.  These shots are from mid-November, though the related episodes weren't aired until the next month.  Judging from the surroundings, Susan Tulley, Bill Treacher, David Scarbrough, and Wendy are standing on the beach below the Western Esplanade, behind the Three Shells Cafe, a couple of hundred meters west of Southend Pier, with Maxim's (Westcliff) Casino in the distance.   
Susan Tully, Bill Treacher, David Scarbrough, and Wendy Richard on the beach at Southend, Essex

EastEnders
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Wendy Richard and Anita Dobson, circa 1985

EastEnders
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Your webmeister isn't sure if this is from a scene from the show in 1986, or just an outtake of the two actresses (the other lady is Anita Dobson, who played Angie Watts).

  Wendy Richard making 'thumbs down' in publicity photo for BBC's "Drugwatch" program, 1985.

Drugwatch
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Wendy joins a number of other UK stars in this BBC publicity photo for the show, shot on July 17th.  Can you also find Lenny Henry, Adam Ant, Samantha Fox, and Noel Edmonds in the picture?

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Wendy Richard as Pauline at the Queen Vic pub

EastEnders
(17k)

 

Wendy Richard as Pauline posed

EastEnders
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An attractive shot that was included in the EastEnders Knitting Collection, a book of sweater patterns, modeled by various cast members.

Wendy Richard as Pauline outside

EastEnders
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I think this is one of the finest of Wendy as "Pauline".  It appears as a full-page shot in the EastEnders: The Inside Story book; Wendy confirmed it's from 1986.  A color version of this shot was in the BBC's now-rare 1988 EastEnders wall calendar.  Also, a similar photo was used as her publicity card for the show.  She noted that the shots were taken out in the parking lot; she's holding a newspaper out of view to soften the light on her face.

Arthur and Pauline (Wendy Richard) in 1986

EastEnders
(34k)

 
Wendy Richard as Pauline, with Gillian Taylforth

EastEnders
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From an EastEnders greeting card style that the BBC probably put out in 1986. It's actually quite a good shot of Wendy, though unfortunately Gillian Taylforth (playing Kathy Beale) doesn't fare as well.

Wendy Richard as Pauline on "Radio Times" cover, 1986

EastEnders
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A charming shot of "Pauline" which appeared on the cover of the Radio Times Christmas issue in late 1986.

Wendy Richard with Susan Tully and Anna Wing in a Christmas 1986 EastEnders publicity photo.

EastEnders
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A posed photo from November 1986 publicizing the upcoming Christmas '86 storyline for EastEnders. Joining Wendy around the Christmas cracker is Susan Tully and Anna Wing.

  Photo montage of Wendy Richard

Blankety-Blank
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Wendy wore a 'fairy-godmother' costume from Cinderella for the Christmas episode of B-B.  Interestingly, 18 years later she donned a very similar blue gown with tiara for her 2004 photo on the DPSA charity calendar.

The middle photo is a black-and-white publicity shot of the B-B host and celebrity guests for the special Christmas episode, broadcast on Boxing Day, 1986.  Les Dawson and Eddie Large are in front; standing are Syd Little, Samantha Fox, Lynda Baron, Wendy, and Frank Carson.

The bottom black-and-white photo is of her and various colleagues from EastEnders who appeared together on one episode.  Left to right:  Paul Medford (Kelvin Carpenter), Wendy, Peter Dean (Pete Beale), Les Dawson (B-B's host), Leslie Grantham (Den Watts), Sandy Ratcliff (Sue Osman), and Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale).

  Publicity photo of Blankety-Blank cast, including Wendy Richard, Christmas 1986

Blankety-Blank
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  Wendy Richard in "Blankety-Blank", 1986, with

Blankety-Blank
(115k)


  Wendy Richard joins other BBC actors and personalities in a 1986 publicity photo

1986 Xmas season
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A rare photo of Wendy helping publicize the BBC's 1986 Christmas season programming.  With her are members of other popular shows.  From 'Allo, 'Allo is Carmen Silvera (left), Gordon Kaye (2nd left) and Vicki Michelle (right); from Hi-De-Hi! is Ruth Madoc (lower center); behind Wendy is radio/TV presenter Dave Lee Travis; and TV presenter Bob Monkhouse (2nd right).

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Wendy Richard as Pauline worried

EastEnders
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Wendy as a very handsome Pauline.

The first image is from about May of this year, the second a month or so later.

The third shot appeared in a mid-February issue of Radio Times

The fourth is an excerpt from the 1987 edition of the EastEnders wall calendar. Of course, the picture itself was probably shot sometime around the middle of the previous year.

The last appeared in Radio Times toward the end of the year.

Wendy Richard as Pauline, close-up

EastEnders
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Wendy Richard as Pauline holding a photo album

EastEnders
(55k)

Wendy Richard as Pauline, standing with arms crossed

EastEnders
(78k)

Wendy Richard as Pauline, standing with Arthur

EastEnders
(50k)


  Wendy Richard with other EastEnders colleagues accepts an award, 1987

1987 EastEnders award event
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Joining Wendy are a number of her EastEnders colleagues:  Bill Treacher, Susan Tully, Julia Smith, and Leslie Grantham.  The occasion was the presentation of a Personality of the Year award from the Variety Club of Great Britain.  That Smith, Grantham and Wendy are all gripping the award may be explained by its inscription, which appears to read:  "The Entire Cast & Production Team of EastEnders.  BBC TV Personality of 1987".
Note that Wendy is wearing the white outfit that she said she helped design in 1986 for a Family Circle article.


  Blankety-Blank publicity photo of Wendy Richard with Geoff Capes and les Dawson, December 1987

Blankety-Blank
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Wendy is featured in this publicity shot for Blankety-Blank's 1987 Christmas special episode.  With her on the signed photo is show host Les Dawson, and panel member actor-athelete Geoff Capes.

The second photo is a screenshot of Wendy from the B-B episode itself.

  Wendy Richard, on the panel of Blankety-Blank, December 1987

Blankety-Blank
(71k)  New data

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Wendy Richard as Pauline, circa July 1988

EastEnders
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The first image is of Wendy as Pauline around July of the year.

The 2nd image is from the EE 1989 Annual book.  It's not a particularly good shot, but does give an idea of Pauline's typical appearance around this time.

The 3rd image is from a commercial endorsement Wendy did this year.  Since that's work, it seems appropriate to place the image here. It's an extremely attractive one, nevertheless.  Interestingly, in her biog, she misstates her Cambridge Diet work as being in 1989.

Wendy Richard as Pauline, on-set snap

EastEnders
(26k)

Wendy Richard in diet advertisement

From an advertisement in Nineteen magazine
(33k)

Wendy Richard in the field seeking frogs

King and Company
(34k)

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Wendy Richard as Pauline relaxing on a sofa

EastEnders
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The top image appears to be Wendy kitted out as Pauline Fowler (down to the gray cardigan sweater), but apparently relaxing off-set somewhere.

The second and third images are probably from December of this year, since the EE storyline had Pauline spending the holiday in hospital.  The color pic appeared most recently in The Mirror, Feb 1996.

The last phot is a publicity shot from the set of the gameshow You Bet!  Wendy appears with (from left to right) co-host Ellis Ward, panelist David Wilkie, panelist Roy Castle, and host Bruce Forsyth.

Wendy Richard as Pauline in hospital gown, with Arthur

EastEnders
(72k)

Wendy Richard as Pauline in hospital gown, with Arthur (black and white)

EastEnders
(91k)  New data

Wendy Richard on the set of "You Bet!", February 1989

You Bet!
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